Obama Wants You (and Your Kids) to Serve the State

Jeffrey Folks, FloydReports.com

As negotiations on trimming the national deficit dragged on this spring and summer, it should have been easy to come up with plenty of programs to cut. One candidate would be the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the umbrella organization that sponsors AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, the Social Innovation Fund, and other community service programs. So far, however, thanks in part to vigorous lobbying on the part of its staff, liberal supporters, and alumni, the Corporation has escaped the axe.

The title “United We Serve” is, of course, a take on the popular phrase, “united we stand, divided we fall.” It is a sentiment that can be traced back centuries but that has resurfaced among those on the left. The song “United We Stand” was recorded by the aptly named musical group The Brotherhood of Man in 1970. The same sentiment appears in a host of pop songs, including “Hey You” by Pink Floyd. While “United We Stand” can be understood to mean many things, it has recently taken on powerful suggestions of egalitarianism and universalism — purposes that would seem identical to those of CNCS.

Egalitarianism and universalism are evident in United We Serve’s “My American Story” public service announcements. Featuring Bon Jovi, Usher, and President Obama himself, these radio and television ads call on “all Americans” to get involved in community activism. As a matter of fact, they are practically insulting to anyone who might demur from mentoring disadvantaged children and adults, teaching the disadvantaged how to read, helping to feed the hungry, conducting a home energy audit, planting community gardens, and celebrating the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day by performing community service. As one of the ads has it, you can hardly claim to be living unless you are out there making a difference in your community.

As a fitting tribute to the anniversary of MLK Day, United We Serve suggests that every American perform at least 25 “actions” of community service during 2011. None of those suggested “actions” seem to involve regular employment, at least employment in the private sector. Indeed, those Americans who “just” go to work every day, support their families, obey the law, and mind their own business are portrayed more or less as hopeless deadbeats who should be ashamed of themselves. What are they doing working for businesses that actually produce something of value when they might join the ranks of community servants engaged in organizing, as the Corporation puts it, to “meet growing social needs.”

The propagandistic quality of United We Serve should be obvious. CNCS is not simply encouraging Americans to be more charitable in the way they have always been: by giving generously to their churches and synagogues, for instance. Indeed, there is not a word about charitable religious activity on the Corporation’s website. United We Stand is promoting purely secular forms of community service, and only those forms of service that can be controlled and channeled by….

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  1. funny how his dialect gets down and dirty when speaking to youth…what a freakin chameleon.

  2. SEAN MURRY says:

    To hell with obummer and CNCS that bastard cant leave fast enough for me.

  3. Obama is imposing on the average dumbed down American voter not only a bankrupting European-style socialism, but his "big government" agenda is tightening a police state noose around all our necks. True, other Presidents are guilty of continuing on this trend, but Obama wins the cake.

    There were SO MANY things that could have been cut IMMEDIATELY in this year's budget, and the gutless RINOs in Congress failed on all counts! Our once great nation is collapsing in the hands of blind, irresponsible Washington politicians in both major political parties.

    Disgusting… absolutely disgusting to witness this travesty & see what is happening before my eyes.

  4. berneemc says:

    OBOON is the one who needs to be serving the state, serving a life sentence for treason

    • RacerJim says:

      A life sentence for treason would cost too much. Execution for treason would be much cheaper, and have the added benefit of precluding an early release for good behavior or a pardon.

  5. Edwardkoziol says:

    Obuma wants to organize groups the same way Hitler did.We have groups like the Boy and Girl Scouts and what do we do,we let the ACLU come in and try to destroy them.Instead of getting rid of rid of the ACLU,ACORN and such anti American groups members of congress want to finance them.Everybody praises MLK because if you don't your a racist but all he did was to tell blacks that the US owed them and they shouldn't have to work.He had a dream alright and that was to become a multimillionaire and like Jesse Jackson a womanizer.

    • You are off track. MLK was a decent Christian & preacher trying (via non-violent means) to change America for the better, bring America back to the equality it promised everyone in the first place. Sadly, he was killed & his movement hijacked by others, like Jesse Jackson. I do not believe MLK would have gone along with Democratic handouts to "buy" the Black vote. He would not have gone along with abortion or the breakup of the Black family. I believe MLK would have recognized Obama as the fraud he really is & not the kind of change to go along with.

    • MLK was a womanizer also. His girlfriend was in Memphis with him when he was shot. He left her in his room.

      • Edwardkoziol says:

        Thank you I have argued with many that this man was no saint he was in the same mold as JFK and RFK when it came to Monroe

  6. I think this is the reason college loans was put under ObamaCare. The college kids that needed a government loan to get it directly from a special fund that is listed under ObamCare. This way he could have more control over them and if they didn't do his bidding he would call up the loan right away. I'm sure that is the reason same as Hitler's Youth program.

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